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Video: Walter Röhrl makes hard driving look simple in Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Monday, November 11, 2019

Article by Damon Lowney

When I drive a new race track, there's nothing casual about it. Check tire pressures and oil level, spend a few minutes visualizing the course, and then head out, driving (un)comfortably within my limits for the 20-30-minute  session. I'll be slow, driving the safe line, well within the track boundaries, my eyes wide and mouth open (I'm a mouth-breather when concentrating behind the wheel). But Walter Röhrl, World Rally Champion and Porsche test driver, dispatches the corners of Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland as nonchalantly as a surgeon on a coffee break, even though this is his first time at the track. On top of that, he does it in a new car: the 718 Cayman GT4.

In the video above, British auto journalist Henry Catchpole is lucky enough to ride along with Röhrl for several hot laps with cameras and microphone recording. Though nobody is timing him for a lap record, Röhrl can't help but use his watch to time himself, as you can see each time he passes the start/finish line — in between shifts, no less. What strikes me about watching him drive is how relaxed he is, taking each corner with just the right amount of brake, steering, and throttle input. This is how I imagine my best self driving, but I know I'm a long way off. For now, I'll just admire Röhrl's skills.

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